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February 22, 2011  |  News Release #14879  |  CSU PR Contact: Joe Mosbrook, 216.523.7279,
Cleveland State Presents: Annia Ciezadlo, Author of Acclaimed New Memoir, Day of Honey

Free lecture by author Annia Ciezadlo

American journalist and author of Day of Honey (Free Press, Feb. 1, 2011)

Her memoir was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of the top 15 books to read in February:

Book received a rave review in The New York Times

CSU's Center for International Services & Programs invites you to an evening filled with shopping, food and a journey to the modern Middle East. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 3
6 –7 pm Reception & shopping at Ten Thousand Villages
7 – 8 pm Author speaks
8 –9 pm Book signing

Trinity Commons
2254 Euclid Ave.
Free parking in Trinity Church lot at East 22nd St. and Prospect Ave.

"I cook to comprehend the place I've landed in," writes Ciezadlo in her first book, a vivid memoir of her adventures in travel and food in the Middle East. In the fall of 2003, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. Over the next six years, while living in Baghdad and Beirut, she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey is her memoir of love, conflict, and the hunger for food and friendship—a communion that feeds the soul as much as the body in times of war. As an American journalist married to a Lebanese man, she had an insider's view of these turbulent years and the everyday life of two cities at war.

From secret Baghdad book clubs to the oldest recipes in the world, Ciezadlo takes us inside the modern Middle East at a historic moment when hope and fear collide. Day of Honey is a brave and compassionate portrait of civilian life during wartime—a moving testament to the power of love and generosity to transcend the misery of violence.

Annia Ciezadlo was a special correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor in Baghdad and The New Republic in Beirut. She has written about culture, politics, and the Middle East for The Nation, Saveur, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Observer and Lebanon's Daily Star. Her article about cooking with Iraqi refugees in Beirut was included in Best Food Writing 2009. Ciezadlo lives with her husband in New York.

About Cleveland State University

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

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